US President signed into law new sanctions against Russia

Bruno Cirelli
Agosto 3, 2017

In a statement after the signing, Trump said he wanted to "punish and deter bad behavior" by North Korea and Iran.

United States President Donald Trump grudgingly signed into law new sanctions against Russian Federation on Wednesday. While he's reportedly been reluctant to sign the bill into law, his veto could be easily overridden.

Vice President Mike Pence said Monday that Trump would sign the bill, nearly one week after it cleared Congress by a wide margin.

However, in a statement President Trump stated the legislation "is significantly flawed" and "clearly unconstitutional". "That is a big part of the reason I was elected", the president continued. "As President, I can make far better deals with foreign countries than Congress".

U.S. President Donald Trump signed the U.S. Congress's new sanctions bill which steps up sanctions on North Korea, Iran and Russian Federation.

Donald Trump signed a new bill into law on Wednesday, Aug. 2.

Despite these remarks, in typical Trump fashion he also called the bill he had just signed "flawed" for constraining the White House's ability to negotiate with or about these countries.

The bill gives Congress power to block Trump from removing Russian sanctions.

In addition to the official White House statement, Trump threw shade at Congress in a separate statement. The legislation initially stalled when House Republicans said its language did not comply with a constitutional requirement that bills generating revenue originate in the House.

As Vox's Zeeshan Aleem explains, the new law takes sanctions imposed by President Obama and enshrines them in law, taking that decision out of Trump's hands.

In fact, the sanctions outlined in the bill are so popular amongst lawmakers that it received a veto-proof majority vote. "And let me say that in signing the sanction, our President and our Congress are speaking with a unified voice". "The administration - knowing that unless it's way out of bounds - likely they have the flexibility to do what they need to do".

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson also had a message that varied from Huckabee Sanders when he spoke with reporters Tuesday.

The Washington Post reported on Monday that Trump's advisers discussed the statement about the meeting and agreed that Trump Jr. should issue a truthful account of the episode so that it "couldn't be repudiated later if the full details emerged".

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